Former United Bermuda Party leader Wayne Furbert was returned to Parliament by the voters of Hamilton West despite his switch to the Progressive Labour Party.
The veteran MP fell short of his predicted margin of victory over his former UBP colleague Donte Hunt.
Now representing the One Bermuda Alliance Mr Hunt had switched his seat from St Georges South to campaign against Mr Furbert.
He was confident enough not to stay around for the count afterwards, which saw him lead by 50 votes on the first count, 102 at the halfway count and 96 at the three-quarter mark before closing out victory by 109 votes.
Im excited that the people of Hamilton Parish put me back in, said the Tourism Minister. It was a lot of hard work but I keep telling people it has to do with relationships, relationships, relationships.
Ive been involved in the political arena for a long time and people know me as an individual.
Im appreciative that the people of Hamilton Parish, although I crossed the floor, recognise my talent and my love for the people of Hamilton Parish. Im happy that theyve come and voted for a son of the soil.
This is the first time that someone has crossed the floor and won. I have a large family base here and that helped out.
Mr Furbert won in 2007 for the UBP by a margin of 530 to 451 over the PLPs Charles Clarke.
There were three spoiled ballots. Voter turnout was 74 percent with 878 voters.
Wayne Furbert (PLP) 492
Donte Hunt (OBA) 383
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